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Families in the end times 4

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Families in the end times 4

  1. 1. FAMILIES IN THE END TIMES Sub Theme: Can you Hear the Beatitudes of Revelation? Family Life: Seventh Day Adventist Church, Roysambu
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius  But does oil boil?  Before its boiling point, oil will start to smoke - ‘smoke point’  The smoke points for some common cooking oils are here:  Saflower – 265, Sunflower – 246, Soybean – 241, Canola – 238, Corn – 236, Peanut – 231, Sesame – 215, Olive – 190, Lards – 183 to 205
  3. 3. STORY OF JOHN THE REVELATOR  It is said that Roman emperor Domitian commanded that the apostle John be boiled to death in oil, but John only continued to preach from within the pot. Another time, John was forced to drink poison, but, as promised in Mark 16:18, it did not hurt him. Thus John, the head of the church in Ephesus at the time, was banished to Patmos in A.D. 97.
  4. 4. ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, ELLEN WHITE  John was cast into a caldron of boiling oil; but the Lord preserved the life of His faithful servant even as he preserved the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace. By the emperor’s decree John was banished to the Isle of Patmos" (Acts of the Apostles, p. 570).
  5. 5. STORY OF JOHN THE REVELATOR  John survived all of this because God had not finished with him yet. A “revelation” still had to come. While he was in a cave on the island of Patmos, John received a vision. This vision became the book of Revelation—the book that would act as the driving force for evangelism in the church age. It prophesied the events that surround the return of Christ. John wrote of Christ’s second coming and welcomed his arrival. Even today his writings inspire believers to anticipate the glorious return of Christ.
  6. 6. MAIN THOUGHT  The book of Revelation presents us with seven beatitude  The pronouncements of blessing are for those who persevere to follow Christ until the end  These beatitudes serve also as assurances that Christ will never abandon His faithful disciples  These beatitudes are to prevail in our families
  7. 7. THE MEANING OF REVELATION  Revelation 1: 1 & 2  The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ
  8. 8. THE DICTIONARY MEANING  Greek term Apocalypse  The term means Unveiling  It also means a revealing  To draw back the curtain  It is by no means a complex book
  9. 9. WHAT IS BEING REVEALED  The whole Bible is a revelation; for all revelation to men comes through Christ, and all centers in Him.  Christ came to John exiled on the Isle of Patmos to give hum the truth for these last days, to show hum that which must shortly come to pass.  Jesus Christ is the great trustee of divine revelation. It is through Him that we have a knowledge of what we are to look for in the closing scenes of this earth’s history
  10. 10. IMMINENT MEANING  The soon coming of Christ  It calls for a people to prepare to meet  The testimony of Jesus Christ Rev 1:2  Chapter 1, verse 3 – The first beatitude  The word blessed means to be joyful or to be made happy  The same word used over and over in Mathew’s sermon on Mount
  11. 11. BEATITUDES  Mathew records 8 blessings from the sermon on the mount  In the book of Revelation, there are 7 blessings  It is fitting with the complete number found throughout the book of revelation  7 Candlesticks, 7 Spirits, 7 Stars, 7 Churches, 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets, 7 Thunders, 7 Plagues  Perfectly blessed
  12. 12. HISTORICAL CONTEXT  John wrote the book of revelation as a letter  These letters would have been sent to the churches  Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodecia  Someone appointed by the church would read  This person would be blessed personally by reading  Jesus would also anticipate a time for families to read this book – there would be a joy, a happiness, a blessing received by reading
  13. 13. HEAR  More than reading, the blessing continues  The second blessing is this:  “Blessed are those who hear it ….”  The word hear literally means intent listening  It is not a casual background type of noise  It is an intent opening of the mind  There will be joy, happing, blessing to those that hear the word
  14. 14. KEEP  There is one more blessing to keep in mind  The third blessing: “Blessed are those that keep those things that are written in it”  Greek English Lexicon of NT  Defines as guarding, retaining custody of , observe, obey, and pay close pay attention to
  15. 15. KEEPING THE WORD  It is not enough to read or hear  We need to act upon that which we learn  The verb in its original context means that we are to these things in a habitual, continual manner “James 1:23 – 24 – For if anyone is a hearer and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.”
  16. 16. CALL TO FAMILIES  If we read, listen, and say one thing but do another we are hypocritical  The book of revelation is a call for families of God to be families of integrity with family members who speak and act the same way, that is a blessing  Why, the text ends with the words, for the time is near  The coming of Jesus is near (Rev 21:20)
  17. 17. CALL TO FAMILIES  The book of revelation is the unveiling of the beautiful plan of salvation of Jesus Christ  The book of revelation unveils the beautiful character of Jesus Christ  The book of revelation unveils the end of the story – Jesus wins, Satan loses  We need to read and obey the words
  18. 18. EDUCATION, ELLEN WHITE  When a real love for the Bible is awakened, and the student begins to realize how vast is the field and how precious its treasure, he will desire to seize upon every opportunity for acquainting himself with God’s word. Its study will be restricted to no special time or place, And this continuous study is one of the best means of cultivating a love for the Scriptures.
  19. 19. EDUCATION, ELLEN WHITE  Let the student keep his Bible always with him. As you have opportunity, read a text and meditate upon it. While walking the streets, waiting at a railway station, waiting to meet an engagement, improve the opportunity to gain some precious thought from the treasure house of truth. E.G. White “Education” p. 191
  20. 20. COMMITMENT  Make a commitment to be a family, an individual who reads, hears, and keeps  When we do this, he promises to bless  The Grace of God helps us to read, hear, and do

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