Revelation study #8

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    October 12, 2011 -A STUDY OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION- (8)
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    Continuing our series of lessons....through the book of Revelation:
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    LETS GO TO....... Revelation 1:9,10
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    Tonight’s passage....is getting us ready for John’s first big vision!
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    V.9A “I John,”
    -AN INTRODUCTION.....TO JOHN’S FIRST VISION–
    (The first 8 verses were an introduction to this book:)
    And verses 9-11 being an introduction to John’s first vision:
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    John.....doesn’t actually see anything:
    Until verse 12
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    V.9B “who also am your brother,”
    -A SPECIAL CHARACTERISTIC....THE LORD IS LOOKING FOR-
    (In those.....who He chooses to use:)
    “Great humility”:
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    So that God.....would get the Glory!
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    Regardless of Johns...exalted position:
    In the fact....that He is being used by God:
    To write God’s Word:
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    He still sees himself.....as just a “brother”!
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    V.9C “and companion in tribulation,”
    -THE LIFE.....THAT EVERY ONE OF US SHARES-
    (A life of tribulation:)
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    Even though we are “God’s people”:
    In a lost and dying world:
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    We are allowed to suffer...more...than average people do!
    Qt. 2 Timothy 3:12
    “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

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    V.9D “and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ,”
    -THE TRUE CITIZENSHIP......OF EVERY CHRISTIAN-
    (We are citizens...in the kingdom of God:)
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    And here it’s called....
    “...the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ”
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    -THE PATIENCE.....ALL OF US LEARN FROM OUR LORD-
    Jesus.....patiently endured His Cross:
    Keeping His eye on the prize:
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    Just as we....learn to endure anything:
    With an eye....on the next life:
    Because we know it’s coming!
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    V.9E “was in the isle that is called Patmos,”
    -JOHN’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE....WITH PERSECUTION-
    (Being banish to a deserted island to die:)
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    Which just goes to show:
    You can’t get a Christian down:
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    They can still....be used by God:
    Even when there’s no one around....to preach to!
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    -THE TWO REASONS.....JOHN WAS PUT ON THIS ISLAND-
    (Had to do....with the two enemies he had:)
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    ➀ His religious enemies:
    Who wanted.....their own kind of Christianity:
    And rejected.....John’s “extreme” views!
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    ➁ His Christ rejecting enemies:
    Who openly....hated the Lord:
    And didn’t want to hear about Him!
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    V.9F “for the word of God,”
    -THE FIRST REASON.....FOR JOHN’S BANISHMENT-
    (For His stand....on the Word of God:)
    As being exactly....what it claims to be:
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    -AN ISSUE YOU WOULDN’T THINK.....WOULD CAUSE ANY TROUBLE-
    Why should it bother....anybody else:
    If we believe...God’s Word to be perfect?
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    -THE ANSWER......TO THIS QUESTION-
    It bothers them because:
    They don’t like....the authority it represents!
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    Because they want their “theories”...to stand:
    But a perfect copy of God’s Word:
    Blows their theories....out of the water!
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    V.9G “and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
    -THE SECOND REASON.....FOR JOHN’S BANISHMENT-
    (Because of the Gospel....he preached:)
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    Which “boldly”....informed the world:
    That the cause....of all of their problems:
    Was their rejection....of Jesus Christ!
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    V.10A “I was in the Spirit”
    -THE SECRET HIDING PLACE....EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS-
    (Where we can find...rest and peace:)
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    Note: It’s not that we ever....have to hide:
    From the world....or life’s problems:
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    But...it’s a place where we can go:
    To get our heads back on straight:
    When the world....starts to get us down!
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    -WHY WE WILL NEED.....OUR HEADS TO BE PUT BACK ON STRAIGHT-
    Because we sometimes forget.....who we are:
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    ➀And that God....is still on His throne:
    ➁And that He....is in complete control:
    ➂And that we don’t have a thing to worry about!
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    -“NOT” HAVING ACCESS TO.........THIS PLACE OF REST-
    Not every Christian....is going to find this place:
    Because it requires... “commitment” to enter:
    See Hebrews 3:10-11
    V.10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.
    V.11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

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    Rebellious Christians....will never find it:
    Until they repent of their rebellion!
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    V.10B “on the Lord’s day,”
    -HERE THE LORD....SETS SUNDAY APART FROM SATURDAY-
    (As the day....we assemble in public worship:)
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    It is obvious from Scripture....that Christians:
    Were already....worshiping on Sunday:
    In celebration of the resurrection;
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    But this....further establishes it!
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    V.10C “and heard behind me a great voice,”
    -AN EXPERIENCE....THAT JOHN MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED-
    (Hearing someone’s voice....behind him:)
    Even though he was totally alone on this island;
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    Because after all....he was “in the Spirit”:
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    When we are “walking in the Spirit”:
    It’s almost like.... “Anything can happen”!
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    -THE WONDERFUL CLUES.....WE GET FROM GOD’S WORD-
    (That point to....our Lord Jesus Christ:)
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    Qt. Genesis 3:8 "And they heard the voice
    of the LORD God walking in the garden....

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    & V.12 “And I turned to see the voice”
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    Jesus is Gods Word...that was made flesh!
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    V.10D “as of a trumpet,”
    -A MESSAGE.....THE LORD WANTED JOHN TO GET-
    (So He spoke to him....loud and clear:)
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    This is what it meant....by it being like a trumpet!
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    But let us compare....Revelation 4:1A
    “After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven:
    and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me;
    which said, Come up hither,.....”

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    One of these days...we are going to hear a trumpet:
    Saying.....“Come up hither”!
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    Note: An interesting point:
    In Chapter’s 2 & 3, is all about the Church:
    (Over and over again:)
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    But after Revelation 4:1, you never see the Church(on Earth), again:
    Because it was “caught up”!
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