Revival starts with me – What a beautiful Name

Revival starts with me – What a beautiful Name

What a beautiful Name – The Name of Jesus.

And 6 verses that cause the greatest division in the church !!!!

George Methodist Church

With Peter Veysie

Sunday 10am

30th June 2019

The Bookendsof Biblical Theology

Introduction

God’s ultimate purpose in redemptive history is to create a people to dwell in his presence, glorifying him through numerous varied activities and enjoying him forever. The story begins with God in eternal glory, and it ends with God and his people in eternal glory. At the centre stands the cross, where God revealed his glory through his Son.

The biblical story of redemption must be understood within the larger story of creation. First Adam, and later Israel, was placed in God’s sanctuary (the garden and the Promised Land, respectively), but both Adam and Israel failed to be a faithful, obedient stewards, and both were expelled from the sanctuary God had created for them.

But Jesus Christ—the second Adam, the son of Abraham, the son
of David—was faithful and obedient to God. Though the world killed him, God raised him to life, which meant that death was defeated.

Through his Spirit, God pours into us the resurrection life of his Son, creating a new humanity “in Christ.” Those who are “in Christ” move through death into new, re-embodied life and exaltation in God’s sanctuary, there to enjoy his presence forever.

The “bookends” concept of biblical theology illustrates that in the third-to-last chapter of the Bible (Revelation 20) God removes his enemies—Satan, death, and evil—that entered the story line in the third chapter of the Bible (Genesis 3), thus completing the story of redemption.

The last two chapters (Revelation 21–22) don’t simply restore the first two chapters (Genesis 1–2); they go beyond them to a world that is fully ordered and holy, in which God is fully present with his people, completing the story of creation. (Chapter divisions in the Bible are, of course, human contributions, not divinely inspired.)

Three things are always high on our agendas when it comes to fear and that evil,death and the devil. We need to be reminded that the Lord deals with all three of these not us, and we are victorious over these through Him.

Some of the greatest divisions in the church are based on the scriptures from Rev 20 and many different theories have been theologised about the millenial or 1000 years from premillenial, to postmillenial to ammillinial incorporating pretribulation, tribulation and post ribulation and no tribulation. I am sure you are as exhausted as I am even with all of this. I would like to emphasize the point again that God is infinite and outside of time and so we cannot even begin to theorise except to say that one thing we know is that we do not know the time nor the hour and we also have a promise that Jesus will come again as the Messiah to judge the living and the dead however we may understand this. The conflict prior to the resurrection and after His death on the cross had a lot to do with him descending into Hades or Hell (the place of

the dead) and defeating death once and for all. Romans 8: 31-39 and 1 Cor 15 and 16 says it all.

Outline of Rev 20: 1 – 12

Satan  and evil is defeated – hallelujah

20:1–3 The dragon will be bound with a great chain and thrown into the bottomless pit, which will be shut and sealed. This symbolizes God’s restriction of Satan’s ability to inflict harm for a long but set period.

Four Different views on 1000 years in Revelation and my personal view.

20:4–5 I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed.

John sees the souls of those who had been beheaded . . . and those who had not worshiped the beast. These are the faithful believers who came to life.

Their deaths were their victory over the dragon and beast (Rev. 12:11; 15:2). They will be given new bodies at the final resurrection (20:12–15).

20:6 second death. The wicked are returned to bodily existence and condemned for their evil deeds. They will be cast into the lake of fire forever (vv. 12–15).

Satan’s rule

20:7–10 Satan’s release after the thousand years will free him to deceive the nations and to gather them for the last battle. The gathered armies are called Gog and Magog, titles of Israel’s pagan oppressors, who would be destroyed by fire . . . from heaven (Ezek. 38:22; 39:6) and eaten by birds (Ezek. 39:1–6, 17–20; Rev. 19:17–18, 21). The saints are attacked by enemies as countless as the sand of the sea (see 12:17), but God will protect them.

Death defeated – Hallelujah

20:11–15 All the dead will be raised from the grave and the sea, to be judged either by their deeds recorded in the books(v. 12) or by Gods gracious registration of their names in the Lamb’s “book of life(v. 12; see note on v. 13). This judgment was announced in 11:18.

20:11 The great white throne reflects the purity and wisdom of God, the Ancient of Days (see Dan. 7:9). earth and sky fled away. This removal of the first heaven and earth (promised in Hag. 2:6; Heb. 12:26–28; and described in Rev. 6:12–14; 16:18–21) prepares the way for the new heaven and earth (21:1, 4–5; Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:10–13).

20:12 The dead, great and small include God’s saints (11:18; 19:5) and the beast’s worshipers (13:16; 19:18). Books recording their deeds will be opened (Dan. 7:10). The books will provide the evidence on which each is judged (Rom. 2:6–11). another book, the book of life. See note on Rev. 20:13; see 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:15; 21:27.

20:12 The dead, great and small include God’s saints (11:18; 19:5) and the beast’s worshipers (13:16; 19:18). Books recording their deeds will be opened (Dan. 7:10). The books will provide the evidence on which each is judged (Rom. 2:6–11). another book, the book of life. See note on Rev. 20:13; see 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:15; 21:27.

20:13 The sea, Death, and Hades (the realm of the dead; 6:8) will give up their dead as all people return to bodily existence to be judged. they were judged . . . according to what they had done.

It’s about what you have done and not what you have not done. Your movie will not be played at the end of the day !!! 🙂

Believers, whose names are in the “book of life” (vv. 12, 15), will enter into “a new heaven and a new earth” (21:1) because they are redeemed by “the Lamb who was slain” for their sins (1:5; 13:8). Their recorded deeds give evidence of their trust in Christ and are the basis for determining their rewards (see notes on 1 Cor. 3:14–15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 22:12–16).

20:14 Death, the last enemy, will be destroyed when Christ returns and resurrects believers (1 Cor. 15:23–26).

(Notes from The English Standard Global Study Bible)

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Our main concern through all of this is to remain faithful to the Lord. It was the message to the seven churches then and it is the message to us today. In spite of all that is happening around us, do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.

The Lord will fight our battles for us and He (not us) will destroy and has defeated Satan,evil and death. Amen and Hallelujah

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