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Summary: We need to get Rev’d Up for Jesus’ Second Coming as we look at what is happening to our society and world. Many are saying the time is near and revelation tells us to be ready at a moments notice. So, let’s get Rev’d up and ready to meet Jesus!

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Series: Rev’d Up

Thesis for Series: We need to get Rev’d Up for Jesus’ Second Coming as we look at what is happening to our society and world. Many are saying the time is near and revelation tells us to be ready at a moments notice. So, let’s get Rev’d up and ready to meet Jesus!

Scripture Text: Revelation 12:11: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

Introduction to Series:

The book of Revelation—Means to be able to see something clearly which once was hidden from sight.

ILLUSTRATION: SOMETHING IS HIDDEN UNDER THIS VEIL AND WE CANNOT CLEARLY SEE IT!

- I can tell you about it:

* It's always moving!

* It speaks to people daily!

* Some people take it for granted!

* Some people worship it!

* It’s a precious commodity more valuable than silver or gold.

* It can come in many different shapes and sizes.

* It's vitally important to most people.

* It can be a slave master.

* It never stands still.

* It comes and goes daily.

* It should never be wasted!

- We can guess what it is but until I unveil it completely to you-you cannot understand everything about it.

- TAKE OFF THE VEIL it’s a bunch of clocks – representing time.

This is what the book of Revelation does for us. It takes off the veil and reveals more than any other book in the Bible -- JESUS CHRIST. It reveals to a suffering persecuted church a victorious Jesus Christ. It's the climax to the entire Bible fueling HOPE AND FAITH! It challenges the church to be ready because He is coming back very soon! Time is spoken of in this book – it references the past – deals with the present and looks into the future.

We need to take to heart the message of this book because it will give us joy even in the midst of persecution.

When we see Jesus – it will change us, encourage, revive us and it should Rev us Up! Seeing Jesus will also enable us to smile through the trial!

Historical Background of the time and book of Revelation:

A. The Roman emperors referenced as 666 in Revelation are either Nero or Domitian and they persecuted many Christians.

1. Nero - blamed the Christians for the great fire of Rome in 64. He was responsible for martyring Peter and Paul. He is noted for illuminating his gardens at night with Christians burning on poles.

a. The Roman historian Tacitus says that Nero not just put Christians to death he used Christians as amusement in the circus. The Christians were clad in hides of beasts and torn to death by dogs, lions, and other beasts. Many were crucified and burned alive. He openly enjoyed his cruelty to Christians. He eventually committed suicide from political turmoil and his last words were, "What a showman the world is losing in me!

2. The worst emperor was Domitian who was a paranoid savage killer.

a. He was the first emperor to have himself officially entitled "God the Lord!" He insisted that other people hail his greatness with acclamations like "Lord of the earth," "Invincible," "Glory," "Holy," and "Thou alone."

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