Discover the Book - May 7, 2009

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The Message of Jesus

 

OUR WORLD IS DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS. DID YOU KNOW THE BOOK YOU HOLD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD?

A while back Congress "pulled the plug on NASA's elaborate search for radio signals from alien life”. SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence project) has been an American scientific community priority for many years.  Because of the evolutionary belief system so prominent in our culture there is also a desire to find even higher evolved life forms.

And now with the increasing situations where there is an uncontrollable rampage like the murderous acts of 15 year old Kip Kinkel in Oregon this week, people are looking for some insight or explanation to give them help.

The newspapers at that time reported: “Some speculate that alien intelligence might beam vast streams of coded information, a virtual encyclopedia galactica, with insights into THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE AND IMMORTALITY.”

SUCH AN ABSOLUTE DISREGARD FOR THE INDISPUTABLE FACT THAT SUCH A STREAM OF INFINITE KNOWLEDGE HAS ARRIVED IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE! The Intelligence of the Universe HAS beamed us about our origin and offered immortality freely to all.

Thus we have here this morning not only crystal clear details on the opening day of the Cosmos but also:

  • THE SECRET OF HOW TO LIVE FOREVER
  • THE SECRET OF HOW TO HAVE A JOY-FILLED MARRIAGE (Proverbs 5)     
  • THE SECRET OF HOW TO EXPERIENCE REAL LOVE (I Corinthians 13)
  • THE SECRET OF HOW TO BE PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL (Joshua 1)
  • THE SECRET OF HOW TO NEVER FEAR THE FUTURE (John 14)
  • THE SECRET OF HOW TO RESIST SATAN (I Peter 5)

THE ANSWER IS HERE. DID YOU KNOW JESUS WROTE SOME LETTERS TO YOU?

Two thousand years ago Jesus wrote letters to His beloved church. He sent them by way of the last living Apostle, John. These letters were a group message, customized for seven churches representing all of the churches then and now.

Ask any Bible student how many epistles (letters) are in the New Testament. He will probably answer 21: 13 authored by Paul, plus Hebrews, which appears anonymous; and the seven "general epistles" by Peter, James, John, and Jude.

We usually overlook the seven most important letters: the seven authored by Jesus personally. For many reasons, these seven letters, comprising Chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation, are probably the most important part of this book for you and me.

DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE IS SUPERNATURALLY ENGINEERED?

The Bible is like many textbooks in school, all the answers are found at the end of the book. The end of the Bible is of course the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John.

The Bible is made up of 66 books, written by 40 authors over 15 centuries yet possessing a supernaturally engineered message. Every word, every letter, every name, every place and every number was placed there by the guiding hand of God through the Holy Spirit inspiring each human author.  Thus every detail of God's Word was planned by God for revealing Himself and His plan.

And nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Each of its 404 verses, which hold allusions to over 800 Old Testament verses and passages, tie the entire Bible together in a grand finale.

JESUS WROTE TO SEVEN SO WE ALL WOULD HEAR!

There were many other churches at that time that would seem to be more historically significant than the seven that Jesus addressed: the churches at Jerusalem, Rome, Galatia, Corinth, Antioch, Colossae, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, Miletus, to name a few. Why did Jesus select just these seven: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea? Simply because these seven represent four levels of His message.

  • Jesus gives a specific message: First, “to the church at . . .” He spoke to the local churches that were in those geographic places then. Jesus still is interested in His local, geographic churches. He speaks to individuals by name, He knows what they are doing at church, at work and at home.
  • Jesus gives a universal message: Second, “Hear what the Spirit says to the churches . . . “ This is plural and speaks of an admonition to all churches throughout all the history of the church. Here Jesus addresses His divine expectations of all churches for all of history!
  • Jesus gives a prophetic message: Thirdly, Jesus was describing the seven types of Christians that would make up the visible church throughout all the church age. This is perhaps the most fascinating part of the book as Jesus describes with divine precision the seven successive eras the church would pass through from Pentecost to the last days of Apostasy.
  • Jesus gives a spiritual message: Finally, “He that hath an ear, let him hear . . .” Note the singular “ear” this is the practical and personal message from Jesus to each of us, this may be the most valuable part of the entire book.

These letters describe the unfolding of all subsequent church history. In any other order, this prophetic panorama would not be true! These letters seem to be the explanation for the interval between the 69th and 70th "weeks" of Daniel 9. Just as the Book of Acts covers about 30 years of the growth and ministry of the church; the 2nd and 3rd chapters of the Book of Revelation cover the next 1,900 years.

HIS SPECIFIC MESSAGE: LOCAL CHURCHES WITH LOCAL PROBLEMS 

I ALWAYS KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU!

  CHRIST SPEAKING TO HIS CHURCH: The letters to the Churches. Finally, each letter has all or part of these seven components:

THE UNIVERSAL MESSAGE: ALL CHURCHES THROUGHOUT ALL OF HISTORY 

I ALWAYS EXPECT YOUR DEVOTION!

CHRIST WAITING FOR HIS CHURCH: The Church in every Age: SEVEN KINDS OF CHRISTIANS.  In the next place, the seven churches represent seven varieties of Christians, true and false.  Every professor of Christianity is like one of these seven. This morning more than likely God has classified and found here:

1.   Ephesus had left first love: Overcomers discover Jesus is all I need, and return to Him. Some Ephesian Christians had a great start but a lack of that initial consuming love.

2.   Smyrna was in great persecution and stood fast through it. Overcomers discover Jesus is all I Have, and remain faithful to Him.  Many Smyrnan Christians, purified by persecution, were faithful at all costs to the Lord.

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