Discover the Book - August 12, 2011

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Christ's Last Words to His Church: The Book of the Revelation

Today open with me to the only book exclusively devoted to introducing us to what our Master and Savior Jesus is doing RIGHT NOW: the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Have you paused yet today to check in with Jesus Christ? The best way to do that is through your Bible, because Jesus Christ is revealed to us as the Word of God. He is the Word, and the Word reveals Him.  Each time we open God’s Word we can hear His Voice.

The Three Purposes of The Book of Revelation

By observation we can see that Christ's Last Words are divided into three parts, note the outline contained in 1:19, where John is instructed to write:

  • The “things you have seen” (this is chapter 1, or John’s sight of the Risen Christ gathering with His local churches).  Jesus is the Owner of our Team, He calls His Team the Church.

Jesus is right now on the ground, walking through life with us as His Church, seeking to see us accomplish His will and plan each day. He is watching our every move with His eyes that see everything; He never leaves our sides, and is always available to each of us at any moment.

  • The “things that are” (this is chapters 2-3, or Christ's Warning about the Challenges facing the Local Churches, after His personal tour around each of His local churches).

As the Owner of the Church, Jesus warns us of the pitfalls, dangers, and difficulties we will face.

As our Coach He explains what makes some team members displeasing their Master and Owner, and He warns us what to do, how to avoid these traps that render team members useless to their Savior and Master.

  • The “things which shall be after those things” (this is chapters 4-22, or the description of the End of Days as seen in both Heaven and on Earth).

Amazingly in the final chapters of Revelation, Jesus reveals that He has another team that He wants to use for that period of time.

To read more about that team please copy and paste this URL into your browser bar: http://www.dtbm.org/sermon/christs-last-words-to-his-church-the-book-of-the-revelation/

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