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FOR EKKLESIA

Introduction

 

- Now did you know that the Bible is compiled of 66 books, each of them targeting a particular audience? This is not to say that not all the Bible is for you, because it is, but there may be a particular season that you are in that you could benefit from reading a particular book.

- On and on this Bible, compiled of 66 books, was written for the believer in Christ on how to be a better believer in Christ.

- James 1:22 KJV

 

- Just like these books were written about a particular topic or a particular audience, the Bible has a specific audience in mind; the believer; the Christian.

- Revelation was written for the church and its believers.

- if you really want to understand the book written for the church, you must first get to know the God of Genesis through Jude.

 

 

- Revelation 1:1-3

 

- James 2:17 NIV

- Believe all day long that your situation is going to change, but until you put in the work, nothing will change.

- Sunday is just confirmation of what God already told you; Sunday is go team go; Sunday is encouragement that you can do this; Sunday is help understanding what God said during your daily experience with Him; Sunday is clarity; watch this, Sunday is REVELATION!

 

- Revelation 1:1-3

- Did you know that the word “Revelation” actually means, “unveiling”?

- The word “Revelation” comes from the Greek word, “Apocalypse”.

- the word “Apocolypse” actually means, “unveiling, uncovering, and, watch this, revelation.”

- The book of Revelation is an apocalyptic literature; it is not chaos literature and it is not catastrophe literature, but it is an unveiling and uncovering literature.

- And what is Revelation uncovering and unveiling to us church?

- Well, it is found in Revelation 1:1, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ…”

- Revelation is about who Jesus is.

- Revelation is not a puzzle to be solved to tell us when Christ will return. But in fact, it is an uncovering of who is coming back for us and it is an unveiling of who Christ is coming back for.

 

- Revelation chapters 1-3, Christ is unveiled as the exalted Priest. In Revelation chapters 4-5 He is unveiled as the glorified Lamb of God. In Revelation chapters 6-18 Christ is unveiled as the judge of all the earth. And in Revelation chapters 19-22 He is unveiled as the conquering King of kings when He returns to the earth.

 

- What am I saying church? As we dive into this series, let’s get to know our Savior better.

- Listen, if you do not understand Revelation it is probably because you do not know your Savior, Jesus Christ.

- John 14:26 NIV

- if you want to beat the streets, you better know this book.

- Revelation is a book about Jesus.

 

- So how did the Lord convey the contents of this book?

- He revealed it to the Apostle John

- Rev 1:1-2

- According to this scripture, the Father gave the revelation to the Son, and the Son shared it with the apostle, using “His angel” as intermediary.

- And throughout Revelation, John referenced previous text when writing Revelation; in others words, He used the contents of Genesis through Jude in Revelation.

 

- This is not a mystery church; this is uncovering the Christ you should already know, if you read your Bible, but now with more understanding and awe and amazement and wonder of who you serve.

- John’s prophecy is primarily the revelation of Jesus Christ, not the revelation of future events. Is there prophecy in Revelation about future events? Yes. But that was not the primary reason it was written.

 

- Rev. 1:1, “…to show His servants what must soon take place.”

- “Don’t ever prophesy,” said American humorist Josh Billings, “for if you prophesy wrong, nobody will forget it; and if you prophesy right, nobody will remember it.”

- According to the scripture we just read, Revelation was given to show us what must soon take place. There is something coming and it is apparent that if we are not careful, we can lose sight of it and forget.

- what is coming is Jesus and we cannot lose sight of Him.

- The prophecy of Jesus was given to remember Him because apparently God knew we have the tendency to forget Him.

- Church, you can’t forget the good that is coming. Revelation is to remind us to be good; to be consecrated; we cannot forget to prophecy, which means speak the good news about Jesus.

 

- Romans 10:17

- Revelation was written to remind us of the good that is coming.

 

- Paul wrote 7 different letters to 7 different churches.

- But John wrote 1 book to 7 different churches. That’s right! This book was written to the church; the Ekklesia.

- John did not send this book of prophecy in order to satisfy their curiosity about the future; listen up church, it was sent to these churches because God’s people were going through intense persecution, and they needed encouragement.

- A dictator was in power, Titus Flavian Domitian, and Christians were under great persecution from this dictator.

- He wanted to be worshipped as God.

- And according to Bible scholars, the churches that John wrote to were about to experience even greater persecution.

- And this book came to each of these churches, right on time. I’m here to tell you that God is a God of timing.

 

- “I truly believe we are living in a “Kairos” moment of time. Heroes will begin to arise from the dust of obscure and despised circumstances. Those who have been hidden in the secret place will soon be unveiled to the world. For many reading this right now, that is you! Burning one, there is no more time to waste. Now is the time to come off the sidelines and step into the front lines. You were born for such a time as this. You are destined to burn. Now is your time to arise, tend to the inward flame, and set this world ablaze with the fire of God.”

- The faith of 7 churches were being tested; this book came at the right time. Had they not received this book, I believe the church we know of today would not be in existence; it would have fallen apart.

- They needed this book of encouragement in order to continue the work of the church.

 

- Rev 1:3

- since Calvary, the resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, God has ushered in the “last days”

- And since Jesus ascended into heaven until now it remains our responsibility, as the church, during these “last days”, to give people the revelation of Jesus Christ; to uncover the truth about Jesus.

- Hebrews 13:8

 

- Revelation was written to 7 different churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey).

- John wrote to 7 actual, local churches.

- While Revelation was written to these specific churches, it is clear, any believer who reads it, it is for them. How do we know this?

- Revelation 1:3

- ANYONE who reads it, and ANYONE who hears it, is called, “Blessed”.

- Revelation was designed to be read out-loud.

- Revelation 1:3 calls us “blessed” when we share it out-loud

 

- So we know that Revelation was written to these 7 different churches, to encourage them, and bless them, but even more, this book would help them to examine their own lives, and each local assembly, to determine those areas needing correction.

- Did you catch that? This book was also given as a “self-evaluation”; John was instructed to write to them, “It’s time to take inventory.”

- The churches in Asia minor were facing persecution and it was important that they be rightly related to the Lord and to each other. If you were to read further in Revelation chapter 1 you would see they are pictured as seven different lampstands, each giving light in a dark world. The darker the day, the greater the light must shine.

- Unfortunately, situations existed in at least 5 of these assembly’s, that required correction if their lights were to shine brightly.

 

- What do we need to walk away from today and from this overall series church; the year of Ekklesia is about righting the ship; rebuilding what always should have been; bring correction where we have errored.

 

- If we are unveiling who Jesus is, then we need to also uncover what kind of church we are? Are we one of the 5 churches needing correction?

- “This country is growing darker and darker and the church should be shining brighter and brighter.”

 

- What’s more, the promise of Jesus Christ’s coming should be to all Christians, at all times, a motivation for obedience and consecration.

- Revelation was written as an encouragement to the church, of the promise of the future, for the church, if they stand strong.

- Let me read you a quote, “Let me speak a hard truth to you right now. If you are not deeply rooted in Jesus when this next radical move of God is poured out in all its fullness, you will be swept away. Now is the time to be more firmly established in Him and positioned to ride this next wave so that it does not destroy you.”

 

- Don’t believe me, Isaiah 59:19 NIV

- Listen church, this scripture is talking about Jesus, not the devil.

- One of two things is going to happen: You are either going to ride this wave of revival into eternity, or you are going to get swept away by the judgement of God.

- It’s all dependent upon where you stand as a believer.

 

- Do you know Jesus? And that is why He wrote this book to the churches to say, “Hey, you either get on board or get swept away.”

- No believer should study this book merely to satisfy his curiosity; you should read this as encouragement, and conviction.

- When Daniel, in Daniel chapter 8, and John, in Revelation chapter 1, received God’s revelations of the future, both fell down as dead men. Why? They were overwhelmed with His Glory! We need to approach this book as wonderers and worshippers, not as academic students.

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