In the Book of Revelation, there are two riders mentioned that come on white horses. (Revelation 6:2) speaks of a rider who comes to conquer the earth, using peace treaties and threats of war. This is the Antichrist (he looks like the Christ, but is the opposite - the Anti - of the real thing). The second rider is found in the passage being used in the sketch tonight. (Revelation 19:11-21) This rider is Jesus Christ and what is described here is His Second Coming to earth. The first time He came as a suffering Savior for humanity, but the second time He comes as the Ruling King of humanity!
The soldier in the sketch is guarding one of the hottest tourist spots near Jerusalem. Why? Jesus' ascension into heaven (Acts 1:9-10) began on the Mount of Olives and as the angels speak to the witnesses of this they say, "...why are you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." Jesus' Second Coming will have its beginning where the first ended - on this mount. (Zechariah 14:4) says Jesus will split this mount when He comes and enters Jerusalem through the Golden Gate!
(Revelation 19) says that there is a name written on the rider that no one knows but Him. (Sounds pretty weird!) The titles "Faithful" and "True" (not covered by our sketch tonight) and "The King of Kings and Lord of Lord's" are also found in this same passage. Of special interest is the title "The King of Kings and Lord of Lord's"; it would be like saying in our modern wording "Ultimate Ruler." This title of Ultimate Ruler will be falsely claimed by the Antichrist until Jesus' Second Coming.
The sketch mentions crowns (notice, it's more than one) on the Rider's head. Why all those crowns instead of just one? Theory #1 - These crowns represent all the kingdoms of earth which have been (and are) under Jesus' control. Theory #2 - These are the crowns of the 24 elders in (Revelation 4:10) . Theory #3 - These are the crowns rewarded to believers and cast at the feet of their Savior. It's this third idea used in the sketch tonight.
Although there has been debate about where in the Great Tribulation these witnesses will fall, all agree that their job centers on telling others about Jesus Christ. The Gentile Witnesses are from every nation on earth and without any protection like the other witnesses, their blood is shed by the One World Religion. The 144,000 Virgin Jewish Witnesses are all men who are given a "seal" of protection for 3 1/2 years while they share the Gospel with the Hebrew people. The two witnesses are sent from Heaven and are also sealed for the 3 1/2 years. They have special powers of fire coming from their mouths, prevent rain, turn water to blood, and bring plagues whenever they wish. The two are eventually killed by the Antichrist and it's the only time during the Great Tribulation that joy and celebration is found!
This is a 7 year time period in which God the Father will pour out His wrath upon the earth.
This mark of Antichrist is 666 and is found boldly in the forehead or quietly in the right hand (Revelation 13:16-17) .
We've established that God the Father is the Ultimate Authority of the universe. Jesus, at the Father's hand, is the authority of humanity. As that authority, we are held to Him and His judgment of us.
A. By what right does He judge us? Tow reasons:
1. By of ! Only the creator (or inventor) has the right to judge what has been created. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit took equal part in creating humanity (Genesis 1:26).
2. By of ! Because He died for us and purchased the salvation of humanity, He has the right to judge those for whom He died.
B. How will He judge us? In four ways:
1. Based on our Immoral Behavior (Romans 1:28-32) - But what if you only break one of these sins listed in this passage? What if it's a "white lie"? According to the evidence, the verdict would be " as charged!"2. Based on "High" Moral Standards (Romans 2:1-9) - The problem is, if I "blow it" here, I wind up in the category! According to the evidence, the verdict would be " as charged!"3. Based on Religious rules (Romans 3:9-18) - Religious rules (whether of the law or any other religion) simply point out how a sinner you are. These rules are like a school teacher working to educate you about what you don't know (that you're a sinner). According to the evidence, the verdict would be " as charged!"4. Based on Jesus' Sacrifice (Romans 3:21-25) - Because of His perfect blood being shed for you sins, God the Father can accept this as for every sin committed. This payment was more than enough to meet the of your sins before God, so according to the evidence, the verdict would be " as charged!"
C. Why should you care how you'll be judged? One reason: The Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15)
1. Those there:2. How they're judged:3. The Book of Life:4. Their destination:5. Those excluded:
D. One Day we will all stand in the presence of the king! Some will stand for (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) and some will stand for , but we will all give an account to Jesus! What do you need to change about how you're handling authority? Are you struggling against the authority figures God has put into your life? What do you need to put under the authority of God? Do you need to go to another person and make it right with them?
Do you need to know Jesus as your Savior?
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