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Summary: What can we do to get our priorities back in line? Studying the book of Revelation is one solution. This book gives us life’s big picture that will put all of life’s problems into their proper perspective.

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Purpose: To show that warnings of coming judgment are demonstrations of God’s grace.

Aim: I want the listener to serve God energetically since judgment is imminent.

INTRODUCTION: It is SO easy to let life get out of focus. Life is filled with necessary things that need doing. There are bills to pay, groceries to buy, clothes to wash, floors to scrub, teeth to brush. Life is also filled with many distractions. Television and the internet are constantly beckoning us to check them out. There are friends to make small talk with and mindless games to play. In addition, we all struggle with many disappointments. Our health breaks and slows us down, or those we live closest to become frustrating as we try to find some way to live with them and still be content.

The list goes on and on. Life is hard and if we are not careful it will sap all of our energy to do what is really important.

One man who seemed to keep his priorities straight was John Wanamaker.

"In the late 19th century John Wanamaker opened a department store in Philadelphia. Within a few years that enterprise had become one of the most successful businesses in the country. But operating his store wasn’t Wanamaker’s only responsibility. He was also named Postmaster General of the United States, and he served as superintendent for what was then the largest Sunday school in the world at Bethany Presbyterian Church. When someone asked him how he could hold all those positions at once, he explained. ’Early in life I read, Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. The Sunday school is my business, all the rest are the things.’

One evidence of Wanamaker’s desire to keep the Lord’s work first in his life was a specially constructed soundproof room in his store. Every day he spent 30 minutes there praying and meditating upon God’s Word. He had his priorities straight!" [1]

What can we do to get our priorities back in line? Studying the book of Revelation is one solution. This book gives us life’s big picture that will put all of life’s problems into their proper perspective. For example, someone may have hurt our feelings or treated us unfairly, but someday soon Jesus will come back and unleash His fury on the sins of this world.

After the first six seals are opened there is a dramatic pause before the seventh seal is opened. Last time we viewed this pause as seen from heaven in chapter 7 and as seen from earth in the first part of chapter 14. Today we’ll see God’s final preparations before He purifies this sin cursed earth.

REVIEW:

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

1. The first seal 6:1-2; 12:1-2 4. The fourth seal 6:7-8; 12:7-9

2. The second seal6:3-4; 12:3-4a 5. The fifth seal 6:9-11; 12:10-17

3. The third seal 6:5-6; 12:4b-6 6. The sixth seal 6:12-17; 13:1-10


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