God’s Plan in the Book of Revelation

Rob Green August 4, 2013 Revelation 0:

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I.  The Basic Outline of Revelation – A message of Victory

Revelation 1:19 - Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.

 

Revelation 1

“Things which you have seen”

Vision of the risen Christ 1:9-20

Revelation 2-3

“Things which are”

Letters to the 7 churches

Revelation 4-22

“Things which will take place after these things”

Discussion on the future things

II. Repentance and Passionate Commitment: The pathway to Victory

 

Church

Description of Risen Christ

Good

Not Good

Proper Response

Ephesus

The one who holds the lampstands

Worked hard, judge rightly

Lost your first love

Repent and Love Jesus first

Smyrna

The first and last, one who was dead and now alive

Suffered faithfully

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Remain passionately committed to the end

Pergamum

Has the sharp two edged sword

Kept the faith in the den of Satan

Accepted false teaching

Repent and learn the truth

Thyatira

Son of God with eyes like fire and feet like bronze

Worked hard

Accepted false teaching

Repent and passionately hold on to the truth

Sardis

Has the seven spirits of God

Good reputation

You are fakes … you do not steward what God has given you

Repent and passionately get after it

Philadelphia

Holy, true, has the key of David

Kept the Word faithful

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Remain passionately committed

Laodicea

The Amen, the faithful, and True Witness

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Trusted in riches

Repent and trust in Jesus, the ruler of the World

A. In each case, the church is called to repentance and/or passionate commitment

B. It is possible to be doing things for God without developing your relationship with God

C. Test EVERY truth claim against the truth in Scripture

III. Rejoice in and Enjoy the Victory of the Risen Savior

 

Revelation 4-5

A Vision of Heaven where the Risen Savior is praised for being creator (ch 4) and redeemer (ch 5)

Revelation 6:1-8:5

The Seven Seal Judgments (the seventh seal represents the later judgments)

Revelation 8:6-:19

The Seven Trumpet Judgments (the seventh trumpet is the 7 bowls)

Revelation 12:1-14:20

There are seven events showing the rivalry between the Risen Savior and the Legions of Satan

Revelation 15:1-16:21

The Seven Bowl Judgments

Revelation 17:1-1:8

Victory of the Risen Savior over all the forces of evil

Revelation 21:9-22:21

Enjoying the Victory of the Risen Savior in the New Jerusalem for all eternity

A. We should focus on the victory in Christ because it eases the suffering of the present day

B. We should be motivated to share our faith because intense judgment is on the way

Revelation 16:17-21 - Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.  The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

C. We should rejoice over the victorious future that awaits

D. We should steward the opportunities until the Lord comes

Revelation 22:18-19 - I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Rob Green

B.S. - Engineering Physics, Ohio State University
M.Div. - Baptist Bible Seminary
Ph.D. - New Testament, Baptist Bible Seminary

Pastor Rob Green and his wife, Stephanie, joined the Faith staff in August, 2005.  Rob’s responsibilities include oversight of the Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaching New Testament at the Faith Bible Seminary. He serves on the council board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and as a fellow at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Read Rob Green's Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Green to Faith Church.