Summary: We had Roundup Sunday, (Friend Day)... A sermon that reminds us the Jesus is coming, and we need to be ready when He arrives.
The Biggest Roundup Ever
Pastor Glenn Newton
This morning we are so excited about having all of you here! In a sense, you have been “rounded Up” this week by your friends and family, because they care about you, because they want you to find what they have found… that New Hope is a great place to Worship. Of coarse you also counted as points in our contest… but I’m sure that was secondary. We are glad you are here… you’re here not by accident or circumstance… we are all here this morning by God’s grace and for His purpose.. Amen?
This morning you have also been invited to a potluck dinner following the service at Nola and I home, we would love to have you, we have games, and all kinds of fun planned for you….
This morning is the climax of a 6 week Sunday School Emphasis where we have been working on inviting new people to church, we have been working on getting more people involved in our Sunday School… it’s been a fun 6 weeks, especially seeing new people come and get involved.
I want to talk to you about the Greatest Round Up Ever…. It’s not what took place today, but it’s not to far away… every day we get closer to the greatest round up ever seen… let me read our passage this morning… what a description of that Great Day. Turn to Rev. 19:9, 11-21
REV 19:9 Then the angel said to me, "Write: `Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ " And he added, "These are the true words of God."
REV 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
REV 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great."
REV 19:19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”
When I read this passage I notice there are two different types of Feasts described. The first on is called the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb” in chapter 19:9. The second, found in verse17 is called the “great supper of God”. We are going to talk about this as we move through this message, but remember this… there is one Supper that you want to be apart of…… and there is one that you don’t want to be apart of…. There are going to be two different “Round Ups” if you will, one you want to be apart of, another one you will not want to be apart of”…..
I want to make sure before you leave today, you know which Supper that you are going to be apart of… OK?
Have you been noticing what’s been going on in our world lately? Is it just me or does it seem like the pace has moved from a steady march…. A steady movement with prophetic pieces of the puzzle coming into view…. To lately it seems to me….. We have begun a run… double time with signs of the times seemingly showing themselves in every area of the world… Let me share just a few things that have happened in the last couple of days…