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the end 2

  1. 1. Summary
  2. 2. 1. We have worries andfears about the end, butRevelation points us in a different direction.
  3. 3. 2. The reason for our interest in the end is twofold:1. We want to be ready for Christ’s return2. We want to be eager to live with Him forever
  4. 4. 3. Two popular views of the end times exist:1. Dispensational Premillenialism (Premillenial Dispensationalism)2. Amillenialism
  5. 5. Dispensational Premillenialism-Views Revelation as a timeline-Problems include: multiple returns of Jesus, aseparate rapture/judgment event, the world endingmore than once, possible lost apostolic urgency (2Corinthians 6:1-2), addition chances to believe(Matthew 25:10; Hebrews 9:27), and the raptureserves as a key witness to unbelievers.
  6. 6. Amillenialism-Revelation is read as a 3D object.-The same period of time (the time betweenChrist’s first and second coming) is looked at fromdifferent angles.-Consistent with Scripture
  7. 7. The Six “Cycles”1. The seven seals (6:1 – 8:5)2. The seven trumpets (8:6 – 11:19)3. The Church and Satan (12:1 – 14:20)4. The seven bowls (15:1 – 16:21)5. The overthrow of Babylon (17:1 – 19:21)6. The binding of Satan and his destruction(20:1-15)
  8. 8. 4. Scripture reveals that we are living in the end times right now. (Matthew 24;Hebrews 1:1-2; Revelation 1:1-3; Revelation 22:6)
  9. 9. 5. The defining event of the end of the world is Jesus’ return in glory. Jesus’ return is the same event as thedestruction of the world, the judgment ofunbelievers, and the new heavens and the new earth. (Isaiah 66:15-24; Daniel 7:9- 14; Joel 2:1-11; Matthew 24:29-31, 26:62-64; John 14:1-14; Acts 1:6-11; 1Thessalonians 5:1-3; Revelation 6:12-17; Revelation 21)
  10. 10. 6. The great rule of predicting the Last Day: if you think you know, you don’t know. (Matthew 24:36-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)
  11. 11. 7. God waits to bring the LastDay because in His great mercy He desires as many as possibleto come to saving faith in Jesus. (Matthew 13:24-30; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; 2 Peter 3:8-10)
  12. 12. The Purpose of Revelation1. To give us a Christology of theexalted reign of Christ2. To give us a theology of thechurch and her mission
  13. 13. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has beengiven to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the HolySpirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
  14. 14. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death andHades. Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery ofthe seven stars that you saw in my right hand and ofthe seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:17-20
  15. 15. I wept and wept because no one was found who wasworthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one ofthe elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion ofthe tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne…He came andtook the scroll from the right hand of him who sat onthe throne. And when he had taken it, the four livingcreatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.” Revelation 5:4-8
  16. 16. For he has rescued us from thedominion of darkness and brought usinto the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13
  17. 17. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things werecreated: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers orauthorities; all things were created by him and forhim. He is before all things, and in him all thingshold together. And he is the head of the body, thechurch; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:15-18
  18. 18. Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in acloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land… Revelation 10:1-2
  19. 19. Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke tome once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in thehand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on theland.” So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey inmy mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turnedsour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” Revelation 10:8-11
  20. 20. A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and acrown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Thenanother sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on hisheads…The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child themoment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child,who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. Thewoman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Revelation 12:1-6
  21. 21. And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and hisangels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then Iheard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” Revelation 12:7-10
  22. 22. [Jesus] replied, “I saw Satan fall likelightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes andscorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:18-20
  23. 23. “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. Therefore rejoice, youheavens and you who dwell in them! But woeto the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:11-12
  24. 24. When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who hadgiven birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so thatshe might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Revelation 12:13-14
  25. 25. “…I will build my church, and thegates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18
  26. 26. [An angel] seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. Hethrew him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended… Revelation 20:1-3
  27. 27. …will be priests of God and ofChrist and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
  28. 28. But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or again,how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessionsunless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. Matthew 12:28-29
  29. 29. When the thousand years are over, Satan will bereleased from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they arelike the sand on the seashore. They marched across thebreadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had beenthrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:7-10
  30. 30. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has beengiven to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the HolySpirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20